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The first newsreel, titled A NEW GENERATION, shows some of the stunning accomplishments made by the Silent Service in the late 1950's. First, the launching of the Barbel-class USS Blueback is shown. (00:00:30:00) USS Blueback was built by Ingalls Shipbuilding Corporation of Pascagoula, Mississippi, and was the last non-nuclear submarine to join the fleet. The boats that would supplant Blueback and its diesel brethren are then shown. First, USS Skipjack (SSN-585), (00:01:00:00) which boasted...
Topics: 1950s, US Navy, Screen Highlights, Operation Big Deal, USS Independence, Stock Footage
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Made by the U.S. Navy at the height of the Cold War, this informative film chronicles the history of the Soviet Navy from the Czarist era through WWI, the Revolution, WWII, and the Cold War. The film begins with shots of the helicopter aircraft carrier Moscow / Moskva on its maiden voyage in the Mediterranean Sea in 1968. The Kashin class guided-missile destroyers, the world's first major ships built with gas turbine propulsion, are also shown along with Soviet nuclear submarines. These...
Topics: Cold War, US Navy, Soviet Navy, 1970s, USSR, Navy, Stock Footage
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Apr 30, 2021 PeriscopeFilm
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Filmed in Dresden, Germany in the 1930s, this educational film was intended to show children the importance of saving money -- in this case to buy a bicycle.  The film has some interesting images of Dresden prior to WWII, and has images of children in the uniforms of the Hitler Youth. The Hitler Youth was the youth organization of the Nazi Party in Germany. Its origins dated back to 1922. From 1933 until 1945, it was the sole official youth organization in Germany and was partially a...
Topics: German, Educational Film, Bike, 1945, Germany, Nazi Germany, Stock Footage
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Made in the wake of deadly accidents aboard the aircraft carriers USS Forrestal (CV-59), USS Enterprise (CVN-65), and USS Oriskany (CV-34), this 1971 U.S. Navy safety film underscores that "Disasters Don't Just Happen".  The film examines the causes of accidents and looks for solutions to prevent similar things from happening in the future.  Three incidents are specifically examined.  First, the 1967 USS Forrestal fire was a devastating fire and series of chain-reaction explosions...
Topics: US Navy, Aircraft Carrier, Flight Deck Safety, Training Film, Disasters, Stock Footage
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This is a silent, color/black & white home movie. We believe this was shot at the Fort Monmouth, New Jersey by members of the Signal Corps, U.S. Signal Training Regiment, known as Company U. This is circa 1949, when the Signal Corps Training School was based at Monmouth. There are actually two films here. The first shows members of the regiment on parade and being inspected. The second is a sort of "gag film" called "A Day At Home" showing everyday life for inductees in...
Topics: 1949, Fort, Monmouth, New Jersey, Signal Corps, Home Movies, Stock Footage
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Lufthansa presents “Time Flies,” a 1960s color promotional film on the history of the German airline. Narrated by Frank Blair, the film is not only about commercial aviation but also about the “conquest of the air.”  “In man’s never ending struggle for more time, the conquest of the air has made the clock, rather than the calendar, time’s cardinal measurement,” says Blair at mark 01:25. Aviation history moved swiftly, the narrator explains starting 01:40, from the Wright...
Topics: Lufthansa, Airlines, History, Promotional Film. Germany, Time Flies, Stock Footage
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Apr 3, 2021 PeriscopeFilm
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This NASA film shows the rollout of the first Douglas DC-8 jet, and the ground testing of its instruments. At 1:25 the aircraft makes its first test flight. At 3:18 the aircraft comes in for a landing at the Douglas plant in Long Beach, California. At 4:16, a DC-8 in Delta livery is seen in service. The Douglas DC-8 (also known as the McDonnell Douglas DC-8) is an American four-engine long-range narrow-body jet airliner built from 1958 to 1972 by the Douglas Aircraft Company. Launched after the...
Topics: Douglas, DC-8, Jet Rollout, Ground Test, First Flight, Stock Footage
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This 1920’s silent black and white film with intertitles presents an introduction to the electric starter, using a combination of live action and animated footage to illustrate its implementation on buses, taxis, and motor boats (TRT 12:11). A title card introduces the voltage regulator as a tool for preventing buses from overcharging their batteries (0:23). An early Yellow Coach Model Z-63 double-decker bus labeled “1595 Special” with men and women in hats visible from the top deck....
Topics: The Electric Starter, 1920s, Auto Ignition System, Educational Film, Yellow Coach Buses, Stock...
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“Labor Comes of Age” is a black and white 1960s short from Encyclopaedia Britannica Films Inc. that focuses on the history of the United States labor movement during the 1930s and the accomplishments of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Actor Charlton Heston narrates the spoken words of F.D.R. throughout the film, and Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt served as a consultant. Opening credits (0:18). A political cartoon depicts men on strike, “By Honest Means we Obtain Our Rights” (0:44). Workers at a sewing...
Topics: Labor Comes Of Age, Labor Movement, Great Depression, 1960, School Film. Stock Footage
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This color short film produced by The Boeing Company documents the extensive tests performed on the 747 jet airliner prototypes before its rollout to the general public in 1969. The sun rises over a Boeing 747 jet airliner in silhouette. Title card: “Flight testing the Boeing 747” (0:10). Boeing engineers in white outfits work on manufacturing and testing aircraft parts (0:32). A 747 takes off and soars overhead, retracting landing gear (0:53). Wheels of the plane while taxiing in montage...
Topics: Boeing 747, Jumbo jet, Flight Testing, Rollout, Promotional Film, The Outer Limit, Stock Footage
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A color episode of Bill Burrud’s “Vagabond” series from the mid 1950’s, focusing on famous natural landmarks and tourist attractions in the state of Colorado. Waves breaking on a sandy shore with title card overlay (0:30). Montage of Colorado’s natural wonders and local color (0:44). Our host introduces himself in a library setting (1:20). He moves to an angular map of Colorado (1:37). Views of a mining town in Central City and the ghost town of Nevadaville (2:05). Surveying the Patch...
Topics: Vagabond, TV Show, 1950s, State, Colorado, Tracelogue, Denver, Esters Park, Stock Footage
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Dating to 1941, this black and white, silent film from Castle "War in the East  British-Greek Victories" chronicles the Italian victory in Ethiopia in 1936, and shows some of the early successes that the Greek Army achieved against Italian forces, and British successes in North Africa -- in particular the Battle of Bardia -- in 1940-41. While largely forgotten, both of the campaigns shown in this film had meaningful impact on the war. In particular, Greece's defeat of Mussolini's...
Topics: 1941 WWII, Newsreel, British Victories, Libya, Greek, Italian Army, Ethiopia, Greece, Stock Footage
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This is a color episode of Bill Burrud’s “Vagabond” series from the late 1950’s, focusing on New Orleans landmarks and the customs of the Mardis Gras Carnival celebration. A seagull soars. (0:07). Waves crash on a sandy beach with footprints (0:15). Title card (0:28). The French Quarter in New Orleans (0:44). A female nightclub barker with red lipstick dances in a long skirt. A man passes by (0:52). Crowds packed shoulder to shoulder outside Stein Bros. (1:00). Parade floats: A golden...
Topics: Vagabond, TV Show, New Orleans, Louisiana, Mardi Gras, Carnival, Stock footage
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One the "Forum Edition" films created by the March of Time for classroom use, "The New South" is a black & white educational film about the Southern USA. Made in the era of segregation, the film attempts to chronicle how the South has changed since the Civil War, and how economic and other conditions are improving for African Americans. This is circa the 1940s. Opening titles: (:08). Title card: The New South (:29). African Americans work in the fields of the American...
Topics: The New South, 1940s, Segregation, School. African Americans, Cotton Industry, stock Footage
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This black and white documentary assembles photos and newsreel footage of Eleanor Roosevelt, exploring her changing roles as political advisor, First Lady, and international woman of influence. Anna Eleanor Roosevelt (October 11, 1884 – November 7, 1962) served as the First Lady of the United States from March 4, 1933, to April 12, 1945, during her husband President Franklin D. Roosevelt's four terms in office, making her the longest-serving First Lady. Eleanor Roosevelt speaks while wearing...
Topics: Biography, Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady, United States, Stock Footage
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This 1954 color tourism film directed by Harold C. Weaver and narrated by E.V.H. Emmett for the South African Tourist Corporation provides a travelogue view of the region’s natural beauty and popular attractions from a distinctly British colonialist perspective that exoticises and otherizes native peoples, and does not mention the policy of apartheid (TRT 35:07). Opening titles: “Satour presents'' and credits (0:06). An illustrated map shows the Cape of Good Hope, South West Africa,...
Topics: 1954, South Africa, Tourism, Travelogue, Johannesburg, Durban, Krugen Park, Stock Footage
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This 1968 color tourism film from Cinecrest Motion Pictures, hosted by the voice of singer/actor Bing Crosby takes a travelogue approach to showing historic architecture and natural wonders of the state of Washington and the Northwest (TRT: 28:46). A Washington landscape and a cloudy sky. A jet airliner on a runway, directed by a flight traffic marshaller (0:20). POV: A flight attendant welcomes “Mr. Crosby.” Hands reach into a wallet. A helicopter takes off (0:47). An urban skyline. A...
Topics: Bing, Crosby, Washington State, 1968, Tourism, Travelogue, Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma, Stock Footage
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This 1966 color film, directed by Mauri Goldberg for National Educational Television documents and dramatises the process by which a camera system was designed and installed in NASA's Mariner 4 Rocket, producing the first photographs of the surface of planet Mars (TRT: 29:23). Opening titles: “Net Science Presents” (0:09). NASA’s Mariner 4 rocket preparing for launch (0:19). Two engineers. The launch of a Mariner rocket. Opening titles, “The Story of A Scientific Search Told by Don...
Topics: Experiment, Close Up, Mars, 1964, NASA, Mariner, Camera System, JPL, Stock Footage
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This black and white travelogue film from 1951 showcases Atlantic City, New Jersey. You’ll see the famous boardwalk and beach, scenes from the 1951 Miss America parade, the nearby Atlantic City Race Track, boats for both sight seeing and sport fishing, and general amusements and attractions for all ages. Released by Castle Films, copyright United World Films, Inc. Atlantic City is a coastal resort city in Atlantic County, New Jersey, United States, known for its casinos, boardwalk, and...
Topics: Atlantic City, 1951, Castle Films, Travelogue, Boardwalk, Miss America Parade, Race Track, Stock...
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Produced by Transfilm, this 1947 color installment of the Ford Motor Company’s “Americans at Home” short subject series depicts the Great Smoky Mountain range in North Carolina and Tennessee, highlighting local people and nearby landmarks (TRT: 17:52). The film was written by Burton Rowles, Jr. and directed by Lawrence Madison. Opening titles: “The Ford Motor Company is proud to present a close-up of a people deeply rooted in America’s finest traditions…” and credits (0:06). An...
Topics: Southern Highlanders, 1947, Travelogue, Great Smoky Mountains, North Carolina, Tennessee, Stock...
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This 1950 color film, issued by the Belgian Government Information Center of New York City and released as part of the Films of the Nations series,  takes a travelogue view of Brussels, Ghent, Bruges, and other Belgian cities’ historic architecture and national export industries during the post-World War II era (21:01). It is narrated by Peter Allen and produced by DPM Productions, and directed by Maurice T. Groen. The film served both an educational function and serves as a tourist promo...
Topics: Work, Play, Belgium, 1950, Tourism, Travelogue, Brussels, Ghent, Bruges, Stock Footage
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This black and white 1955 film produced for the American Institute of Accountants in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), offers taxpayers broad and generalized information about the operations of the IRS while providing guidance on dealing with a financial audit. It includes dramatic re-enactments of the auditing process (TRT 14:43). Opening titles: “Helping the Taxpayer” and “What Happens When the Government Questions Your Tax Returns” (0:08). A man drops an envelope...
Topics: Taxpayer, 1955, IRS, Income Tax, Accounting, Tax Return, Auditing, Stock Footage
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One of a series of short subjects made in 1949 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, "Let's Go to the Movies" provides a brisk, Hollywood-centric gloss of early narrative film history, coupled with brief glimpses “behind the scenes” of major studio productions. A curtain opens on an Academy Awards Ceremony with an “ Oscar ” statuette on the stage (0:10). Title: “Members of the Motion Picture Industry present Let’s Go to the Movies” (0:13). A movie studio...
Topics: 1949, Hollywood, Feature Film, Movies, Ampas, Documentary, Stock Footage
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This color film from 1968 documents the construction of New York City’s famed Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, a massive urban renewal project that saw the destruction of tenements and their replacement with concert halls. The film is narrated by renowned actor Hal Holbrook (1925-2021), who was a member of the Repertory Theater of Lincoln Center at the time of filming. Written, produced and directed by Gilbert Comte. Photography by Marcel Rebiere. Edited by Ross Gaffney. A Lincoln...
Topics: Lincoln Center, New York, 1968, Construction, Documentary, Stock Footage
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This silent, color home movie was likely filmed sometime around the first week of August, 1966, and begins in Florida (Ruskin, Jacksonville, Miami), before moving onto the Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, Canal Street in New Orleans, Louisiana, and finally downtown Chicago, Illinois, where the photographer captures the Loop theater district in all its nighttime neon glory. There’s also as a daytime stroll around the State Street area and a trip up to the Prudential Building observation deck. Also...
Topics: Summer, 1966, Home Movies, Florida, Wisconsin, Dells, new Orleans, Louisiana, Chicago Loops, Stock...
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This black and white 1951 educational classroom film produced by David A. Smart for Coronet Films provides instructional pointers on driver’s safety, using contemporary automobiles in a series of cautionary demonstrations on California roads (TRT: 10:42). Opening titles: “A Coronet Film'' and “Educational Collaborator A.R. Lauer, Ph.D., Director of the Driver Training Laboratory, Iowa State College” (0:06). Station wagons parked outside a roadside motor inn or motel lodge,...
Topics: Coronet Films, Safe Driving, Advanced Skills, 1951, Drivers ED, Driving, Stock Footage
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This 1974 color promotional film for the Gates Learjet Corporation touts their luxury business-class private jet models 24D, 25B, 25C, 35 and 36, showing international takeoffs, landings, and chartered flights (TRT 19:10). Engine start sequence: Battery switches are flipped on the pilot’s switch panel in a Learjet cockpit. Switches for strobe, anti-collision (beacon), and navigation lights. Red reflectors rotate. The starter/generator switch (0:11). A turbine in closeup. Engine RPM gauges. A...
Topics: Learjet, Learjet World, 1947, Private Business Jet Model, Gates Learjet, Stock Footage
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Shot by an unknown American tourist, this silent 1930s 16mm home movie footage of Heidelberg, Berlin, and Köln (Cologne), Germany during the interwar period of the 1930s offers views of historic architecture and city skylines. Incidentally, this print also offers excellent examples of the harmful, decaying effects of moisture and variable temperature storage upon photochemical film (TRT 11:38). Title card: “On the Rhein and Heidelberg” (0:08). Hotel Die Hirschgasse, in Heidelberg,...
Topics: Heidelberg, On The Rhine, 1930s, Berlin, Cologne, Germany, Home Movies, Stock Footage
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This 1940s silent travelogue-style provides a tour of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, featuring natural landmarks and scenes of urban life  (TRT 0:08). The company that produced it, probably from newsreel type footage, was originally known as Excel Projector Corp. and based in Chicago, Illinois. Excel is remembered primarily as a manufacturer of economical, consumer-grade home movie projectors and cameras. In the 1940’s, they marketed silent 8mm and 16mm edited prints of “News of the World”...
Topics: Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, 1930s, Travel Film, Sugarloaf Mountain, Copacabana Beach, Stock Footage
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This black and white 1941 demonstration film, produced by Ford Motion Picture Laboratories and narrated by Michigan sportscaster Harry Wismer, shows U.S. Army Truck, ¼ ton 4x4 Command Reconnaissance vehicles in action at and around the Ford River Rouge Complex in Dearborn, Michigan (TRT 0:23). Opening titles (0:07). Dedication: “This film is respectfully dedicated to the officers and men of the United States Army in the name of American Industry…” (0:27). A trio of Ford 4x4...
Topics: 1941, Ford, Reconnaissance, Cars, Army, Jeep, Edsel Ford, Stock Footage
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This silent footage from Lockheed dates to the 1950s, and shows a busty secretary carrying important mail from the Lockheed plant in Burbank. First she hitches a ride and goes by company truck, then by a Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star. (This film originally had a soundtrack of some sort, but our print is silent.) We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment!  See something interesting?  Tell people what it is and...
Topics: 1950s, Lockheed, Aircraft, Corporation, California, Division, TV Commercial, Stock Footage
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This series of TV commercials introducing the V-6 Buick Regal and Skylark hatchback coupe features a women's basketball team, and a female gardner and the tagline "It's so practical, it's beautiful." The Regal is an upscale mid-sized car that was first introduced by Buick for the 1973 model year as a personal luxury car.  The Regal commercials date to 1973 and the Skylark probably 1975. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our...
Topics: 1970s, Buick, Buick Regal, Skylark, hatchback, TV, Commercial, StocK Footage
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This matrimonial TV commercial for Invicta Games promotes Mastermind. It dates to the mid-1970s. Master Mind is a code-breaking game for two players. The modern game with pegs was invented in 1970 by Mordecai Meirowitz, an Israeli postmaster and telecommunications expert. It resembles an earlier pencil and paper game called Bulls and Cows that may date back a century.  The game was manufactured by Invicta Plastics, based near Leicester, UK and was released in 1971–2. We encourage viewers to...
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Topics: 1975, Invicta Games, Mastermind, Code breaking Game, TV Commercial, Stock Footage
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This 1950’s color film provides a nautical tour of the state of Virginia, highlighting historic architectural landmarks and a diversity of steam, coal, and taker ships as they load and unload various import and export cargoes (TRT 16:54). Opening titles over a seal: “Virginia State Ports Authority” (0:08). An early map of the Americas. Zoom in on what would become Virginia (0:21). Dissolve to historical reenactors in Colonial Williamsburg. The reconstructed Governor’s Palace. Bruton...
Topics: Ports, Virginia, Hampton Roads, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Stock Footage
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This 1966 black and white in-flight movie produced by Pan Am Airlines provides a newsmagazine style look at various scenes of interest around Hamburg Germany, including a the Deutsches Derby, naval technology, The Beatles on tour, pop art, The Daimler-Benz Museum, and Kiel Week (TRT 14:54). Pan Am logo and titles over the first Boeing 707-121 jet airliner, “Clipper America” (N707PA) (0:06). In Horn, men in bowler hats smoke cigarettes in closeup. Women wear hats and sunglasses at the 97th...
Topics: Pan Am, Airlines, World Traveler, German Edition, 1966, Beatles, Hamburg, Pop, Art, Stock Footage
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This 1960s color film depicts a tour of the Hershey Chocolate Factory in Hershey, Pennsylvania, featuring a sanitized and some might say shameless history of the chocolate trade, including harvesting of bean pods with child labor. The film also includes an overview of modern industrial confectionery production methods, Milton S. Hershey homestead, the Hershey Museum, and Hersheypark amusement park attractions and stadium (TRT 25:54). Children board a Greyhound bus bound for Hershey, PA. One boy...
Topics: Chocolate Crossroads, 1960s, Hershey Co, Factory Tour, Pennsylvania, Stock footage
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This 1960 color educational film from Encyclopedia Britannica Films (Unit 5 in their biology program) serves as an introduction to DNA, covering its molecular structure and its role in human growth, reproduction, and the transmission of hereditary traits (TRT 15:34). Leader: “Central Washington State College.” Opening titles (0:06). A colorful model of a double helix encircles a transparent post. Pan to reveal our host, Dr. George Beadle of the California Institute of Technology in an...
Topics: DNA, Molecule Of Heredity, 1960, Biology, Genetics, Stock Footage
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This color film from 1971, "A Seaport on the Prairie", documents cargo ship traffic in and around the Port of Chicago, Illinois, concentrating on Calumet Harbor, as well as the Illinois River near Beardstown. Directed by Dave Viera for the Illinois Department of Business and Economic Development, the film was presented by International Trade Division, an Illinois Information Service Production. The Port of Chicago consists of several major port facilities operated by the Illinois...
Topics: Chicago, Seaport, Prairie, 1970, Illinois, Great Lakes, Stock Footage
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This black and white early-1950’s installment of the syndicated television series, “The Greatest Drama” offers a biography of American financier and statesman Bernard Mannes Baruch (1870-1965), best remembered as chairman of the War Industries Board during World War I, adviser to President Roosevelt during World War II, and post-war advocate for nuclear disarmament. The New York City Victory Parade of 1946. Title overlay: “The Greatest Drama” (0:08). Bernard Baruch, wearing a hearing...
Topics: The Greatest Drama, TV Show, Profile, Financier, Statesman Bernard Baruch, Stock Footage
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This 1970’s color film offers a sweetened look at the manufacture of chocolate related products produced by L.S. Heath & Sons, Inc., showing harvesting at a tropical plantation to production at a midwestern factory, enumerating the ingredients and steps required to produce a commercial confectionary product (TRT 27:46). Heath & Sons was founded in 1914 and produced the famous Heath bar. In 1989, the business was sold to Leaf, Inc., which in turn was acquired by Hershey in 1996....
Topics: Chocolate, Bean, 1970s, Heath Promo, Candy Bars, Ice Cream, Stock Footage
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This black and white 1950’s installment of “The Greatest Drama”, an early non-fiction television show, focuses on the political career of 1940 Republican presidential nominee Wendell Willkie, using newsreel footage and impassioned narration to make a case for Willkie’s “victory in defeat” (TRT 12:41).  Willkie  was an American lawyer and corporate executive who was the 1940 Republican nominee for President. Willkie favored greater U.S. involvement in WWII to support the British...
Topics: Greatest Drama, TV Show, Profile, Wendell Wilkie, 1940, Stock Footage
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This Soviet propaganda film, featuring English narration, covers the Space Race from the perspective of the Soviet Union (USSR), highlighting the career of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin and the landmark spaceflights of Sputnik, Vostok, and Voskhod (TRT 48:29). Media res opening montage. A rocket ready for launch (0:08). Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin in a still closeup. The 1961 launch of Vostok 1 with Russian title overlay (0:29). Credits over newspaper printing, switchboard operators, typists (0:52)....
Topics: 20th Century Soviet Space Program, Space Race, Yuri Gagarin, StocK footage
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This (somewhat incomplete) late 1940s / early 1950’s color film "Seminar to Priesthood" uses the conceit of a scrapbook photo album to make a case for the vocation of Roman Catholic priesthood. Life on seminary campuses is depicted with an emphasis on recreation, while the benefits of a non-secular education are praised (TRT 38:06). The film was produced by the Jam Handy Organization. Film begins in media res. Young men play soccer at a French prep seminary (0:06). A student writes...
Topics: Seminar To Priesthood, 1950s, Roman Catholic Church, Seminary, Stock Footage
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This 1974 color industrial film from ASARCO -- the American Smelting and Refining Company -- uses documentary footage, staged historical scenes, and song to tout the company’s diverse holdings while attempting to counter environmentalist critics (TRT 30:26). Pan across the streets of Old Tucson, a facsimile of an old western town (0:07). An early Ford Model T type 1900’s automobile drives head-on at the camera (0:36). Townsfolk marvel at the car from every angle (0:48). A woman carries an...
Topics: Challenge, Earth, Asarco, Mining Co, Copper, Zinc, Mines, Stock Footage
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This color film from 1964 illustrates the basics in firearm safety in the home, and includes examples of how to inspect several types of firearms to ensure they are not loaded and safe to handle. After Mrs. Johnson accidentally discharges a carelessly placed shotgun in the basement rec room, a narrator explains how to handle each of the Johnson family’s firearms, and even provides some backstory on each weapon. Guns examined here include a Savage Model 99 lever action rifle, a Winchester...
Topics: Home With Guns, Guns, 1964, national Rifle, Gun Safety, Stock footage
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This 1971 Encyclopedia of Britannica educational classroom film, created in collaboration with Dr. Lawrence Welsh of Northwestern University, makes use of footage from a film created by Budapest Studios in Hungary to illustrate the phenomenon of light polarization, using mid-century modern furniture and colorful photographic effects. Opening titles (0:12). A man driving a car at night squints into the distance. His POV reveals low visibility and glare from oncoming headlines due to light...
Topics: Polarization, Light, 1970s, Science, Polaroid Filters, Stock Footage
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This late 1950s / early 1960s black and white informational film from the  International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) explains the basics of secondary radar and illustrates its use in flight navigation and air traffic control using a combination of live-action footage and limited animation (TRT 23:09). It focuses on Secondary surveillance radar (SSR), a radar system used in air traffic control (ATC), that unlike primary radar systems that measure the bearing and distance of targets using...
Topics: Secondary Surveillance, Radar SSR, 1960s, Air Traffic, Control, Navigator, Training Film, Stock...
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This 1967 color film dramatizes the dangers of casual drug use by telling the story of a young student who tries marijuana at a party and later becomes addicted to heroin. It was directed and produced by Mel Marshall, narrated by Patrick Miller, and stars Gerald LeRoy, Kevin Tighe (debut), Patrick Miller, and Julie Conners. It was written by Edward Brennan. A cobra snake stands erect, turning its head to show its spotted hood, it is mesmerizing and deadly (0:08). Title card: “Narcotics, Pit...
Topics: narcotics, Pit Of Despair, 1967, Anti Drugs, Scare Film, Heroin Addict, Stock Footage
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This 1969 color film "The Time of Man" from "The Natural History of Our World" series combines footage of animals, indigenous people, and anthropologists to present a brisk overview of human development, highlighting historic threats to survival (TRT 49:15). It was produced and directed by visionary filmmaker Marshall Flaum, edited by Nicholas Clapp, narrated by Richard Basehart, and has a score by Lyn Murray. It was produced by MPC in association with the Museum of Natural...
Topics: Natural, History, Man, Time. 1969, Anthropology, Documentary, Stock Footage
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This episode of the early 1950s TV show "Non-Fiction" depicts basic training of the Los Angeles Fire Department. Drills, methods, and equipment for fighting fires are discussed in an interview format (TRT 27:02). The show was shot at Los Angeles Fire Department Station 27, which is now home of the LAFD Historical Society museum. The host of the show is Bob Moon, who also hosted a short-lived program called "Altar Bound" for ABC in 1951. Opening titles over a siren (0:11). A...
Topics: 1950s, Los Angeles, Non Fiction, Fire Department, Firefighters, Stock Footage
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Sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, this highly optimistic, 1952 full color animation/live-action hybrid film presents the USA in the forefront of the world. It examines the medium of advertising as “the magic key” to continued American economic prosperity in the post-war era, suggesting a relationship between ads and modern refinements to household appliances (TRT 21:54). It was produced by the Raphael G. Wolff Studios. Animated searchlights over a city skyline. Opening credits...
Topics: The Magic Key, 1950, US Chamber, Commerce, WWII, Stock Footage
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This 1960 black and white promotional film for Remington Rand's UNIVAC computer features a dramatized a U.S. Census taker interviewing some vagrants for the Census. Census history, goals, and recent technological advancements including the use of the UNIVAC 1105 computer system are discussed (TRT 14:38). The film was directed by George F. Johnston, written by Peter Ries Norman, and stars Joseph Riviere as the Census taker and Philip Bosco and Robert Conforti as the homeless men. 1950s cars on a...
Topics: Census 60, Remington Rand, Univac, Computer System Promo, Stock Footage
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This early 1950’s color film presents a travelogue view of Ceylon (Sri Lanka), covering major architectural monuments, exports, and traditional folk arts, while advertising TWA and encouraging western tourism (TRT 16:07).  Trans World Airlines began direct commercial air travel service to Colombo, Ceylon in February of 1953. This film was shot by Ed Drews, edited by William Faris, and Produced by Carl Dudley. Opening credits (0:09). A man uses an elephant to haul a large log. Another...
Topics: 1950s, TWA Promo Film, Flight To Ceylon, Sri Lanka, Colombo, Travelogue, Stock Footage
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"Kingdom of the Sea"  was a syndicated, documentary TV show that ran from 1954-1959, and was hosted by Col. John D. Craig and the actor Bob Stevenson. Each episode was 25–30 minutes long. This episode "Ports of Call" examines various world ports from Panama to Hawaii, the Philippines to Singapore, Hong Kong, Singapore and Zanzibar. This black and white episode of the syndicated 1957-1958 television documentary program, “Kingdom of the Sea” (TRT 24:19). Opening titles:...
Topics: 1950s, Kingdom Of The Sea, TV Show, Panama Canal, Hong Kong, Stock Footage
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This silent 1950s color footage offers a glimpse into life on the USS Leyte (CV-32) aircraft carrier, showing numerous takeoffs and landings from iconic period aircraft (TRT 10:27) including F4U-4 Corsairs, F9F Cougars and A-1 Skyraiders. An underexposed shot of a United States Navy battleship cutting through sea water, taken from a high angle. A rope line runs to somewhere below the camera (0:06). Cruising through tall waves (0:31). A fighter plane numbered 47 comes in for a landing against an...
Topics: 1950s, Carrier, Operations, USS Leyte, A-1 Skyraider, F9F, Cougar F4U4 Corsair, Stock footage
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This 1954 silent color footage depicts prototype flight tests at Edwards Air Force Base for the Lockheed XF-104 Starfighter, a single-engine, supersonic interceptor aircraft developed for the United States Air Force (TRT 27:45). Includes footage of the prototype 53-37786. Most likely the pilot on most of these flights was Lockheed's Tony LeVier. Joshua Trees dot the horizon of Kern County, in Edwards, California. An airstrip runs through the desert with numbered runway markers on either side...
Topics: 1954, Lockheed, F-104 Starfighter, Prototype, Flight Test, EDwards AFB, California, Stock Footage
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This black and white, silent film is a collection of footage related to the Ford Motor Company from the early 1920’s through the early 1940’s (though not in chronological order: Footage from 00:06 to 01:56 is from the 1920’s, 01:56 to 03:25 appears to be early 1940’s, and the remaining segments are from the early 1930’s.) You’ll see Ford’s River Rouge factory, acres of newly built cars, Model T’s, Model A’s, workers, trains, planes, a fire, and the twenty-millionth car Ford...
Topics: Ford Motor. 1920s, 1940s, Fords, Cars, Assembly Line, Stock Footage
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This episode of the TV show, Discovery ‘66, dates to the year 1966. Discovery (in several incarnations) was an innovative historical, cultural and educational documentary TV series for children that aired from 1962-1971 on ABC. It was originally hosted by Frank Buxton on aired on weekdays, but for most of the Sixties it could be found on Saturday afternoons or Sunday mornings. This episode "The World Beneath the Sea" opens with a diver in full scuba gear underwater. A submersible...
Topics: Discovery 66, 1968, The World Beneath The Sea, Part 2, Stock Footage, Mini Submarines
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This episode of the TV show, Discovery ‘66, dates to the year 1966. Discovery (in several incarnations) was an innovative historical, cultural and educational documentary TV series for children that aired from 1962-1971 on ABC. It was originally hosted by Frank Buxton on aired on weekdays, but for most of the Sixties it could be found on Saturday afternoons or Sunday mornings. This  episode "The World Beneath the Sea" opens with host Bill Owen (who succeeded Buxton in 1966) holding...
Topics: Discovery, 1968, World Beneath The Sea, Stock Footage
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This episode of the TV show, Discovery ‘70, dates to the year 1970. Discovery (in several incarnations) was an innovative historical, cultural and educational documentary TV series for children that aired from 1962-1971 on ABC. It was originally hosted by Frank Buxton on aired on weekdays, but for most of the Sixties it could be found on Saturday afternoons or Sunday mornings. This episode is hosted by Bill Owen (who replaced Buxton after 1966 as host) and Virginia Gibson. This episode...
Topics: Discovery, Portugal, 1970, TV Show, Bill Owen Lisbon, Stock Footage
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Shot by an unknown American, this silent home movie footage was shot in and around Shanghai, China in 1946-1948 time period. The person who filmed them appears to have been working for the OMEA, or Officer's Moral Endeavor Association, a sort of non-governmental, YMCA type group operating in post-WWII China.  This film shows scenes of life in 1946-1948 Shanghai, Huangpu road, Daming road, Jinling road, Huaiai road and Yan'an. A celebration of opening a local chapter of a Triad, boat people,...
Topics: 1946, Shanghai, China, Home Movie, Whangpoo, Road, Waitan, District, Stock Footage
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Shot by an unknown American tourist, this 1937 color and black and white home movie presents a silent European travelogue, showing major architectural and natural landmarks in pre-war Germany, Italy, Holland and France (TRT 9:16). Pan to a view of the Reichstag building in Berlin, Germany. The dome is present (0:08). The Berlin Victory Column (0:24). A famous Berlin street, Unter der Linden, lined with white columns and Nazi eagles. (Unter den Linden is a boulevard in the central Mitte district...
Topics: 1937, Home Movie, Trip, Nazi Berlin, Germany, Venice Rome, Stock Footage
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This early 1950’s color travelogue film by Kent Lane Films, Inc. highlights tourist attractions in the state of Kentucky, covering National Parks and historical monuments with an emphasis on recent highway developments (TRT 18:36). It was sponsored by the State of Kentucky's tourism agency. Opening credits: “More Per Mile” (0:07). A white 1952 Ford Customline Convertible drives towards the camera (0:22). Loading luggage into an open car trunk (0:31). An elderly couple reads a map of...
Topics: Kentucky, Fun Per Mile, 1950s, Frankfort, State, National Park, Stock Footage
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This 1937 color film, in which Hollywood actress Constance Bennett “presents her daily beauty rituals” provides general tips for women’s skin care and makeup application in a plush and colorful setting (TRT 5:10).  Bennet's most famous Hollywood hit was Topper, in which she starred opposite Cary Grant. Opening titles (0:06). A small glass clock sits on a nightstand (0:17). Pan to a woman in full hair and makeup tossing and turning in blue bed sheets (0:21). Constance Bennett rises from a...
Topics: 1937, Constance Bennet, Daily Beauty Rituals, Women Skin Care, Makeup, Stock Footage
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This silent, 1938 black and white and color mixed home movie footage depicts operations of the Robbins Brothers Circus including a promotional parade, livestock unloading, and raising a big top tent (TRT 17:22).  Around the time the film was shot, the Robbins Brothers Circus merged with Cole Brothers and both eventually became part of the Ringling Brothers Circus. A poster advertises Robbins Bros. Circus (0:08). A circus wagon is wheeled along the bed of a railroad train car labeled “Robbins...
Topics: 1938, Home Movie, Robbins Brothers, Circus parade, Ringling Brothers, Stock Footage
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This color educational film from the Standard Oil Company "Welcome to Washington" presents a tour of Washington, D.C. Copyright is 1954, in other words during the Eisenhower administration. The film was shot by Tom Draper and produced by John Bransby Productions of New York. Opening titles: An Esso Picture - Esso Standard Oil Company presents "Welcome to Washington" (:07). Spinning globe of planet Earth revolves (:48). Map of Europe showing the various capitols (1:08)....
Topics: 1954, Tour of USA, Capitol, Washington DC, Branches, American Government, Stock Footage
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This color educational film from the 1950s is about the history of Southern plantations in the USA, from the Civil War days to "the present". The film was produced during the era of Segregation and as such, contains many outdated terms and concepts, some of which may be offensive to a modern audience. Opening titles: A Coronet Film - The Plantation System in Southern Life (:10). A white family on vacation looks at an old plantation home built before the Civil War (:31). Inside a home,...
Topics: Plantation System, Southern Life, Sharecroppers, African Americans, Cotton Farms, Stock Footage
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This black & white advertising film is about the construction of the new Nash Airflyte automobiles. Copyright 1951. This film was made by the Nash Motors Company, which was was an American automobile manufacturer based in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in the United States from 1916 to 1937. From 1937 to 1954, Nash Motors was the automotive division of the Nash-Kelvinator Corporation. Nash production continued from 1954 to 1957 after the creation of American Motors Corporation. The aerodynamic 1949...
Topics: NASH, Motors, 1951, Automobile, Airflyte, Lucky Lott, Stock Footage
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This color promotional film "Camp Time, Any Time!" was made by the Girl Scouts of America in 1959. It was shot by Leonard Stark, produced by Carol Hale, and directed by Sidney Meyers. The film shows typical activities at a Girl Scout Camp including canoeing, hiking, art and more. The film emphasizes the importance of city kids, who are raised in the hustle and bustle, getting a chance to explore nature. The actual camp site shown in the film is not identified but it appears to be...
Topics: 1959, Girl Scout Camp, Promo Film. Camp Time, Summer Camp, Stock Footage
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This 1942 black and white, partially animated film was produced by the U.S. Army Signal Corps (USASC) during in collaboration with the Chief of Air Corps explains “the creation and behavior of radio waves” and antennas during the WWII era (TRT: 10:47). Opening title card: “Official War Department Training Film 1-474 Restricted” (0:06). A large radio tower extends high into the clouds. Title appears: “Radio Antennas” (0:19). A transparent dish atop a radio tower (0:37). A radio...
Topics: Creation, Behavior, Radio Waves, 1942, US Army, Signal Corps, Stock Footage
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This color educational film is about how the Chicago Tribune gets its paper and prints its newspapers. Copyright 1948. Opening titles: The Chicago Tribune presents "Trees to Tribunes" (:15). A forest (:30). Map shows Chicago, Montreal, Quebec, Heron Bay, Ontario and other areas of Quebec (:39). Shelter Bay, Quebec (1:07). Flowing dam in Shelter Bay (2:06). Franquelin, Quebec (2:14). Baie Comeau, Quebec (2:25). Generators for the paper mill and the town itself (2:37). Aerial town...
Topics: Trees, Tribunes, 1948, Lumber Industry, Chicago, Stock Footage
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This 1920s black and white silent film promoting California Parlor Car Tours Inc. advertises bus line service between Los Angeles and San Francisco, with a focus on travel accommodations and sightseeing opportunities (TRT 9:57). Front view of a parked Fageol Safety Coach Parlor Car on a Los Angeles to San Francisco line (0:08). Glass windows are shown retracted, providing an unobstructed view of the passenger cabin (0:23). Title card: “America’s first Observation Motor Parlor Car” (0:30)....
Topics: California, San Francisco, Bus Tour, Los Angeles, Stock Footage
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This color educational film is an episode of the 'True Adventure' series that features a religious community in Kentucky that performs ecstatic demonstrations of belief with snakes - a so-called "serpent cult". Copyright circa the early 1960s. Snake handling, also called serpent handling, as shown in the show is a religious rite observed in a small number of isolated churches, mostly in the United States. Participants are typically part of the Holiness, Pentecostals, Charismatics, or...
Topics: True Adventure, TV Episode, Serpent, Cult, Louisville, Kentucky, Snakes, Snake Handling, Stock...
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This wonderful, silent color home movie film shows an epic trip made in the late 1930s or early 1940s from Washington, D.C. across the South through Virginia and the Great Smoky Mountain National Park into Florida, and then a plane ride to Havana, Cuba. It was titled simply "Down in Dixie" on the canister. The film has many noteworthy segments, including rare shots of African Americans working in cotton fields at around the 34 minute mark. Opening titles:Washington: The Capitol City...
Topics: 1940, Home Movie, Down In Dixie, Washington DC, Virginia, Florida, Stock Footage
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Want to support this channel and help us preserve old films? Visit https://www.patreon.com/PeriscopeFilm Visit our website www.PeriscopeFilm.com Made in 1952 by the Investment Bankers Association, this black & white film takes a look at the power of the banking industry and the opportunities it presents for individual and collective success. Some of the topics examined include a look at capitalism and finance, and investing money in securities such as stocks or bonds. Opening: a mother...
Topics: Opportunity, USA, 1952, Investment Bankers, Banks, Stocks, Bonds, Stock Footage
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Dating to 1915, this black & white, silent film promotes General Electric's "King of the Rails" electric locomotives built for the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad (Milwaukee Road). These locomotives formed two classes designated EP-1 and EF-1. There were eventually forty two such boxcab electric locomotives built by the American Locomotive Company (Alco) in service, and the remained in operation into the 1950s. Opening titles: King of the Rails presented by...
Topics: King Of The Rails, General Electric, Milwaukee Road, Electric Locomotives, Stock Footage
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One of a series of TV programs made by Social Security to clarify rules, procedures and policies for the agency, this episode of "Social Security in Action" first aired in December of 1962.  It presents an interview with actor Regis Toomey. Opening titles: Social Security in Action, produced in Hollywood for the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (:08-:28). Ed Kramer, the manager of the Hollywood Social Security office, sits at a desk and speaks. Actor Regis Toomey...
Topics: 1962, Social Security, TV Episode, Regis Toomey, Retirement Benefits, Stock Footage
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cThis black & white promotional film dates to the early era of television and station KCOP-TV in Hollywood, California. The film shows the station's capabilities and gives an idea what is available for commercial clients, including new sound stages at the facility located at 915 N. La Brea Ave. The bit is hosted by Peter Hansen, a WWII veteran who was a working television actor and commercial spokesman, who also briefly served as the station's news anchor in the early 1960s. Opening: Sign...
Topics: KCOP, TV, KCOP TV, Hollywood Studio, Commercial, Television Advertising, Promo Film, Stock Footage
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This color educational animated film from the John Sutherland studios is about a certain Mr. Finchly who has just gotten a 60 dollar raise and wants to figure out the best way to invest it. The film promotes the idea of investing money in stocks by using the MIP (Monthly Investment Plan) and speaking with a broker who deals with the NYSE (New York Stock Exchange). Copyright is 1956. The film was directed by Carl Urbano, animated by Emery Hawkins, George Cannata and James Parian, and written by...
Topics: 1956, New York, Stock Exchange, Working Dollars, Wall Street, Stock Footage
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This color educational/promotional film "Where Dreams Come True" is about the diverse people who work at NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration), including women and minorities. The film wass written, produced and directed by William Greaves, and shot by cinematographer Robert Ipcar for NASA. Copyright 1978. Opening: Dr. Patricia S. Cowings speaks. Title: "Where Dreams Come True", narrated by Ricardo Montalban (:06-1:16). Mission control room at NASA. Men,...
Topics: 1978, Space Shuttle, ERA, Diversity, Opportunity, Dreams. Stock Footage
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This black & white educational film is about celebrating twenty five years of U.S. Savings Bonds. Starring Lucille Ball. Copyright 1966. Opening titles: The Department of Defense presents Lucille Ball in Twenty Five Years of Savings Bonds (:06-:19). Lucille Ball introduces the film. Servicemen hold savings bonds. A man holds a twenty five dollar savings bond. U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt holds a savings bonds. In order to promote the program, movie stars helped - Abbott &...
Topics: Twenty Five Years Of Saving, Bonds, Lucille Ball, WWII, War Bonds, Hollywood Stars, Stock Footage
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This film, one of the series "The South African Scene" focuses on Field Marshall Jan Christian Smuts. Smuts had been a South African statesmen, military leader and philosopher. He served as the Prime Minister of South Africa from 1919 to 1924 and from 1939 to 1948. The film particularly shows him as Prime Minister attending the Table Mountain Annual Memorial Service (:18). The film was produced by the Union Defense Force Film Unit (:32). Table Mountain is viewed (:54) as one of the...
Topics: 1945, South African Scene, Jan Christian Smuts, Cecil Rhodes, Table Mountain, Stock Footage
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This 16mm, silent, color home movie depicts activities of the late 1940’s or early 1950s at and around Roosevelt Roads Naval Station, a United States Navy base in the town of Ceiba, Puerto Rico. The site operates today as José Aponte de la Torre Airport. The propeller of a transport airplane flying above the clouds (0:08). A blanket of cloud cover and the view along the plane’s wing with the U.S. star insignia (0:28). A U.S. Navy blimp sits grounded at Roosevelt Roads airfield with 1940s...
Topics: 1940s, Home Movie, Roosevelt, Roads, Naval Station, Puerto Rico, Marine Corps, Stock Footage
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This color film from 1954, a sponsored film about the importance of the railroad industry in America, is framed around the narrative of railroad workers talking in restaurant. Television producer John O’Shea (Bill Kennedy) is directed to Scotty’s, where the crowd inside includes waitress Kelly (Pat Englund), newspaper editor Bill (James Gregory), and Scotty himself (Jock MacGregor). A railway worker sees in a trade magazine that a TV program about railroads is in the works, and this leads...
Topics: 1954, USA, Railroad, Industry, Advocacy, Freight Trains, Stock Footage
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This is a 1970’s era color movie promoting travel in South America. The full credits are missing but the film was shot by cinematographer Henry Javorsky and sponsored by American Express and Pan Am Airlines. This travelogue visits Ecuador, Bolivia, Argentina, Colombia, Brazil and the rest of South America is highlighted as a beautiful destination to visit. The movie opens with a woman and a boy holding hands in front of Machu Picchu in Peru. Main title: "Invitation to South...
Topics: South America, 1970s, Travelogue, Peru, Ecuador, Brazil, Argentina, Stock Footage
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This rare film promotes the TG Racing team and its stable of Trans Am race cars, which raced in Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) series. It likely dates to 1970. TG was founded in 1968 by champion-winning owner Terry Godsall (thus the TG) and veteran racecar driver Jerry Titus. Titus, who became widely known as "Mr. Trans Am", won a class victory and placed third overall at the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1969, but the following year he died after a bad accident at Milwaukee. GM's Pontiac...
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This is a 1971 color film made by Bert van Bork entitled "The Lumberman" was part of the "Our Changing Way of Life" series of films released by Encyclopedia Brittanica. The film looks at the seachanges that have come to the timber and logging industries (and more were to come as the environmental movement was in a nascent stage at the time this film was made). The film discusses the past and present of the life of a forest worker and not only how these workers’ lives have...
Topics: The Lumberman, 1970s, Logging, Lumberjack, Oregon, Pacific Northwest, Stock Footage
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Dating to 1944, these two newsreel segments are extracts from a longer Army-Navy Screen Magazine of the Screen. The first segment concerns the Polish city of Lublin,  after the retreating Germans have been forced out. The second segment shows the State of Texas and its contributions to the WWII effort. Opening title: Report From Lublin (:06-:13). Bombed out buildings in WWII. On July 24, 1944, the advancing Russian Army drove Germans from Polish city of Lublin. Liberated Poles are shown as...
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This is 1967 color, driver's ed film was presented by the Ford Motor Company. The purpose of the movie is to illustrate safe driving techniques at dusk and at night, the importance of headlights and other safety measures to be taken while driving at night. The movie opens with cars driving down the highway – it is light outside. It becomes dark outside. A vehicle approaches over a hill and around the curve with lights in the face of the driver. Lights can be reflected in the rearview mirror....
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This is a 1970’s era color movie produced by Chevrolet features famed stuntman Evel Knievel plugging Chevy auto parts. Knievel narrates the film and talks about his frame of mind, his method, and his idea of challenge. He also speaks directly about conflict: “Organized conflict, natural conflict, and individual conflict. Also the fantasy kind… the kind that’s all for fun, and never really happens.” The movie opens with Knievel relaxing in a hammock. He speaks to the camera. Woman...
Topics: Motorcycle, Stuntman, Evel Knievel, Chevrolet, Auto Parts, Stock Footage
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This short 1970s film by the National Safety Council "Find a Float" takes a look at water safety and what to do in the event of an emergency situation. It opens with a water skier enjoying the sport and conducting spin jumps and dodging around buoys (1:08) as well as a family of three water skiing together (1:58). Other recreational water activities beyond water skiing include diving from a diving board (2:07) and scuba diving (2:16). While many see the water as a place of sport, some...
Topics: 1972, National Safety Council, Boating, Water Skiing, Water Safety, Stock Footage
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Dating to 1965, this documentary film "The Decision to Drop the Bomb" takes a look at the most difficult decision in President Harry Truman's term in office: the decision as to whether or not to use the newly-developed atomic bomb against Japan. The film was produced by Fred Freed for NBC-TV  and narrated by Chet Huntley. The film begins the moment that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt dies in office. The new president, Harry S. Truman, has only served in office for a brief time....
Topics: Bomb, 1965, Chet Huntley, Hiroshima, Atomic Bomb, Stock Footage
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This black and white early 1940’s sponsored film produced by Detroit Michigan’s Jam Handy Organization for Bayer-Semesan uses the character of a gregarious, magically-appearing salesman from a bygone era to evaluate modern changes to the profession of agricultural fungicide salesmanship (TRT 18:40). Opening Titles: “Bayer-Semesan Company Incorporated Presents” and “The Modern Way” (0:07). Title scroll: “...We take off our hats to those dashing knights of the sample case…”...
Topics: Modern Way, 1940s, Jam Handy, Bayer Semesan, Pesticide, Salesman, Stock Footage
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This color film, produced by General Motors' Photographic Division for Chevrolet, showcases the 1952 All-American Soapbox Derby held in Akron, Ohio. Beginning in and around Saratoga Springs, New York, we meet the community leaders who promote the local Derby and a few of the participants. The action then moves to Akron, where the whole town has Derby Fever! The heats commence at Derby Downs and 11-year-old Joe Lunn of Columbus, Georgia, crashes his car and looks to be out of the running. But...
Topics: Son, Shine, 1952, All American, Soapbox Derby, Ohio, Chevrolet, Stock Footage
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This reel of mixed 1940s-1960s black & white and color footage compiles various scenes of Native American life, showing mid-20th century indigeonous peoples in both casual and ceremonial dress, celebrating customs, and creating traditional handcrafted artwork (TRT 11:25). DISCLAIMER: While we have tried our best to show our sincere respect for the tribes depicted, the tribal affiliations provided below are educated estimates, and cannot be taken as definitive. We welcome and encourage...
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This black and white 1940’s educational classroom short by Encyclopedia Britannica films provides an introduction to the concept of property taxes and how they are derived (TRT 9:56). Opening titles: “Property Taxation (Arithmetic of Taxes), In collaboration with Dr. H.F. Aldefer of Pennsylvania State College (0:08). Partial view of a capitol building. Men walk up the steps (0:22). Interior view of a bank teller’s window, with a line of customers. A woman fills out a deposit slip (0:32)....
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This 1954, color educational film made by Encyclopedia Brittanica is about antibiotics, specifically the new era of treatments made possible by the discovery and widespread use of mold derived medicines. The film celebrates the use of Penicillin, which was up at this point one of the most important discoveries in medicine. It was discovered in 1928 by Scottish scientist Alexander Fleming as a crude extract of P. rubens. The purified compound (penicillin F) was isolated in 1940 by a research...
Topics: Bacteria, Friend, Foe, 1954, Educational Film, Medicines, Antibiotics, Stock Footage
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Hosted by Walter Cronkite, this fragmentary 1950s documentary is about the Chinese Civil War, between the Chinese Nationalist party – the Guomingdang (KMT) and the Chinese Communists (CCP), following the conclusion of WWII, and the war against the Japanese invasion of China, when the two sides were allied against a common enemy. It follows the Chinese Civil War to its conclusion in 1949 with the establishment of the People's Republic of China (the PRC ), and the evacuation of the KMT/ROC to...
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This 1930s black & white educational/promotional film tells "The Story of Nickel". It was produced by INCO, the International Nickel Company, Ltd., now known as Vale Canada, Limited.  INCO as founded following the discovery of copper deposits in Sudbury, Ontario. During World War II, Inco's Frood-Stobie Mine Mine produced 40% of the nickel used in artillery by the Allies. Opening titles (:08-:58). Title: Canadian Operations. Huge Reservoir, twenty miles from Copper Cliff,...
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This is the extended version of the 1968 16mm color film "LSD: Insight or Insanity?" It was directed by Max Miller for Bailey Films warns of the potential dangers of Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), using interviews and special effects to describe the drug’s appeal and sometimes unpredictable effects. This print represents the “revised” edition of the film. Acting great Sal Mineo narrates (TRT 28:29). Opening title (0:17). Students near Hollywood High School, the Hollywood...
Topics: LSD, Insight, Insanity, Stock Footage, Anti Drug Film